Visiting the Lake District during Winter can be very special. Snow topped fells and frosty mornings are truly magical in the already beautiful setting. Not to mention the abundance of festive events and activities! Here are a few to take note of if you’re thinking of staying with us over the season.

Ambleside Christmas Lights Switch On.

This is a fantastic annual free event that will take place on Saturday November 17th. You can look forward to a paper lantern parade of over 100 lanterns through the town at dusk, a wonderful spectacle for all involved. Following this, all the Christmas lights are switched on and onlookers can enjoy a firework display!

If you’d like to make this an all day event there will be stalls with mulled wine and minced pies, street entertainment and activities happening in the Market Cross and Market Place areas of town from 12noon. Plus, if you’re bringing the kids, you could also book on to The Father Christmas Cruise run by Windermere Lake Cruises. For more information, please visit: http://www.amblesidechristmaslights.co.uk

A Christmas Carol by Pantaloons Theatre Company at the Brewery Arts Centre.

The festive season is certainly a popular time to enjoy Theatre! Plus with unreliable winter weather it is always great to plan a few indoor and outdoor options for your holiday. The Brewery Arts Centre is a venue only a short 30 minute drive from Ambleside and offers a wide range of arts entertainment all year round. On December 8th critically- acclaimed theatre company Pantaloons Theatre present a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This comedy show features live music and a multi-talented cast! For more more details and tickets visit: www.breweryarts.co.uk

Santa Express at Hayes Garden World.

Award winning Hayes Garden world is the largest garden centre in Cumbria, and it is just down the road in Ambleside. The centre gets into the festive spirit every year hosting events with a festive themed offering. The Santa Express opens from November 3rd and offers a wonderful adventure for children! The experience includes a visit to sanda, activities along the way, a present, souvenir picture and book to take home. Interested in finding out more? Visit their website: www.hayesgardenworld.co.uk

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